Tower Transit Bus Service 974 is a trunk service plying between Bukit Panjang and Joo Koon, passing through Choa Chu Kang, KJE, Jalan Bahar, Boon Lay and Pioneer. Service 974 was launched on Sunday, 8th April 2018. It was the fifth new route to be introduced under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM) after Service 68.
Bus Service 974 will be amended to loop at Bukit Panjang MRT from 23 Jan 2021.
|Route||Bukit Panjang MRT Station ↔ Joo Koon Bus Interchange
[From 23 Jan 2021]
Joo Koon Bus Interchange ↺ Upper Bukit Timah Road (Loop)
|Passes Through||Choa Chu Kang Way, Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, Jln Boon Lay, Jurong West St 63, Upp Jurong Rd|
|Route Length||Towards Joo Koon: 18.0 km||Towards Upp Bt Timah Rd: 17.3 km|
|Traveling Time||40 – 55 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
|Current Operator||Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
(Tower Transit Singapore)
|Current Depot||Bulim Bus Depot|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
– MAN A22
|12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– Volvo B9TL
|Departure Times from Bukit Panjang MRT
|05:45 – 23:30|
|After 23:30 till 01:10, buses departing Bukit Panjang MRT operate as Service 974A, terminating at Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Lot 1/Choa Chu Kang Stn)|
|Departure Times from Joo Koon
|05:30 – 23:00|
|From Bukit Panjang MRT
||10 – 13 mins||12 – 15 mins||12 – 15 mins||15 – 16 mins|
|From Joo Koon
||12 – 13 mins||12 – 15 mins||10 – 13 mins||15 – 16 mins|
|Fare||Charges regular distance fares
Bus Service 974 is a trunk service from Bukit Panjang MRT Station to Joo Koon. The route enhances inter-town connectivity and provides Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang residents with access to existing bus services plying Nanyang Technological University and Jurong Industrial Estate. It will also enhance connectivity in the west by linking Bukit Panjang Station (Downtown Line) and Choa Chu Kang Station (North-South Line) to Boon Lay, Pioneer and Joo Koon Stations (East-West Line).
The route relieves end-to-end demand on Service 172 by providing an express bus corridor along the Kranji Expressway (KJE), offering faster journeys between Choa Chu Kang and Boon Lay, as well as complementing existing bus connections between Boon Lay and Joo Koon. Connecting directly to Joo Koon, the route will also benefit commuters travelling between the north of Singapore and industries at Joo Koon via train, reducing the need to transfer between the North South Line and East West Line at Jurong East.
Service 974 buses layover at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park. However, no boarding and alighting is allowed there. The first stop of Joo Koon-bound trips start from Bus Stop 44029 (Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT) along Upp Bt Timah Rd, while the last stop for Bukit Panjang bound trips is at Bus Stop 44031 (Aft Bt Panjang Stn) along Upp Bt Timah Rd.
In tandem with the adjustment of Bukit Panjang LRT Operating Hours to facilitate renewal works from 13 January 2019, new Short Trip Service 974A from Bukit Panjang MRT Station to Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station was introduced, along with Special Departures of Service 974 from Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station to Bukit Panjang MRT Station.
During Eves of Public Holidays, as well as MRT Early Closure affecting Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, operating hours from Bus Stop 44531 – Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 towards Bukit Panjang will be extended. Exact last bus hours are announced by Tower Transit closer to these dates.
MRT/LRT Stations Served:
- BP6–DT1 Bukit Panjang
- BP5 Phoenix
- BP4 Teck Whye
- BP3 Keat Hong
- BP2 South View
- NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang
- EW27 Boon Lay
- EW28 Pioneer
- EW29 Joo Koon
- Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn) → Upp Bt Timah Rd (Aft Bt Panjang Stn)
Weekdays: 00:16, 00:32, 00:48 & 01:05
Saturdays: 00:15, 00:38, 00:48 & 01:05
Sundays / Public Holidays: 00:18, 00:33, 00:48 & 01:05
Short Trip Service
- Service 974A: Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT) → Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Lot 1/Choa Chu Kang Stn)
[From 23 Jan 2021]
Joo Koon Bus Interchange → Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Lot 1/Choa Chu Kang Stn)
Daily: 23:38 – 01:10
Early AnnouncementEarly Announcement (Click to expand)
This route was revealed on 28 January 2018 on mobile applications displaying bus arrival timings using LTA Datamall.
The service was also displayed on the departure timings board of Joo Koon Bus Interchange.
- 2018 – Present: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.
- 2018 (08 Apr): Introduced between Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bukit Panjang MRT) and Joo Koon Int. Wheelchair accessible at launch.
- 2019 (05 Oct): Last bus timing from Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn) extended from 01:00 to 01:05
- 2021 (23 Jan): Amended to start from Joo Koon Int and loop at Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bukit Panjang MRT)